Since we All know it’s now Bass Ackwards with the Made
for TV Drama occurring Sunday. Even though Saturday was pretty G-Damn Exciting!
Managed to listen to a portion of the early Hours
of Fast Friday via IndyCar Radio. Where Nicky Salt’ Yeoman and Jake “The
Riddler!” Query mentioned multiple times how Takuma Sato had the day’s top speed
of 234.753mph before He aboarted His four lap Qualie’ simulation after flirting
with almost Hitting the Wall! Whilst Rinus VeeKay held the fastest four lap
average, but All of that was before the Halfway mark of the day’s six hours
As I’m not sure how much the single lap results
mean? Since it seems that the four lap average mock qualifying simulation
speeds are more important, righto? Nevertheless Here’s the day’s Top-10
runners, with Sato’s lap remaining quickest.
As I’d say it’s definitely a surprise that
Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti was second, with His teammates Kyle
Kirkwood eight and Colton Herta ninth. Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay was
third fastest, and final driver in the 234mph range.
Sato’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Marcus
Ericson was fourth, with Scott Dixon tenth. As Arrow McLaren’s Pato O’ward was fifth,
followed by Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden sixth and A.J. foyt’s Santino
Ferrucci an impressive seventh.
As Jake Query noted, the two IndyCar teams struggling
the most were Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) and Juncos Hollinger
Racing! (JHR) With All four of the RLLR cars towards the bottom of the time
sheet with surprisingly Katherine Legge leading the way in 29th with a speed of
231.420mph. Yet teammates Jack Harvey, (231.166) Christian Lundgaard (231.153)
and Graham Rahal (230.669) Were P31-33, Youch!
Whilst the Nightmare continued for JHR’s Kallum
Ilott, for which you can obviously say that the team simply got it wrong! And Thars
really No reason to Bash them about the decision to not decide to finally
switch to an alternate chassis for Ilott until Friday afternoon. Meaning the
talented Englishman, who other drivers marveled over His skill of keeping His
Wandering Matilda Off of the Walls! Was the only driver unable to crack the
230mph barrier! Only capable of dragging His recalcitrant Dallara to a 228.942mph
While His teammate Agustin Canapino was in 20th
with a rock solid speed of 232.920mph, nearly four miles per hour faster than
As JHR will thrash over Friday night to get
teammate Canapino’s April Open test mount ready for Ilott to Shake-down during
Saturday morning practice before attempting to Qualify.
Meanwhile, the Underdog Abel Motorsports entry
with R. C. Enersen at the Keyboard slotted in at P30, with a best lap speed of
231.242mph. but it doesn’t seem like much is being said about this entry, which
I take as a good thing! Since All of the Media’s focus seems to be upon the two
aforementioned teams above…
Whilst not surprisingly, Chip Ganassi Racing
drivers have led All three days of practice. With Takuma Sato P1, “Top of the
Pops” on Wednesday and Friday. With Marcus Ericsson P1 Thursday.
As stay tuned for two days of action packed
Drama! As who’s it gonna be going home dejected Sunday afternoon? And which of
the Ganassi Boyz’ will be on Pole? Or will somebody else step up and steal the
As I can only wonder if Callum Ilott’s unable
to qualify for this year’s Indianapolis 500, will that be the Kicker that makes
Him leave the team that brought Him to Indy Cars next year?
Day One: Fast and most definitely Furious!
What an Insane first day of Qualifying that
was! With a record shattering 84 Qualie’ attempts! As I’m not sure where to
Have to say I was far more interested over who’d
be in the Last Row Shootout; which is why I suppose I began scribblin’ down
every competitors four lap average. Having tuned into the IndyCar Radio broadcast
at 7:58AM Pacific, with Ryan Hunter-reay being the very first qualifier. As I
managed to keep track thru the first 28 runs before missing David Malukas’s
first attempt when the IndyCar Radio broadcast stopped at 11AM Pacivic. Thus
needing to scramble to tune into 1075 The Fan via Ye Intrawoods’.
And with Team Penske pulling both ScottyMac’,
aka Scott McLaughlin and Josef Newgarden’s first guaranteed attempts, I believe
that it was Agustin Canapino who was the 32nd and last car to make Thar first
Thus originally seeing Canapino’s teammate Callum
Ilott slowest with a speed of 227.720mph, followed by Graham Rahal’s 228.526mph,
for which the RLLR Team was completely flabbergasted!
Ironically nary a peep was made about R. C. enersen’s
qualification run of 231.129mph. As Enersen and Abel Motorsports quietly made
the Show in 29th
Then on Ilott’s second run, the Bloody Brit ‘ threw
down a monster first lap of 232.4mph. Leading to a four lap average of 231.182mph,
seeing Ilott qualify P28! And JHR making the right call to switch chassis.
Who’d Ah-thunk-It? That with three hours remaiing
it would be the two DCr Boyz’ vs. half of RLLR’s entries, i.e.; Harvey and Graham
Rahal being the four Slowest cars. As prior to 1PM Pacific, I believe it was Dale
Coyne Racing’s Sting Ray Robb, David Malukas, Rahal and Harvey P31-34.
As Malukas and Christian Lundgaard became
locked in a Mano e Mano duel over the 30th and final “Safe” position of the
day. As “Little Spud” (Malukas) had it before Lundgaard reclaimed it five minutes
later. Before Malukas ran a stout 231.769mph on His day’s final run to improve
to the middle of Row 8 in P23.
Ironically it would be the Dane’ (Lundgaard) as
the final qualifier trying to knock His teammate Katherine Legge out of P30. With Legge sitting on a speed of 231.070mph,
with Her crew giving Her Hugs as Lundgaard rumbled along after the Gun had been
Fired. As who’d guess that Legge would be the only RLLR entry to make the
Top-30 on Day-1? As I began singing,
Three Rahal’s and a Dale Coyne Racing in A Tree…
As it’ll be Lundgaard, Jack Harvey, Graham
Rahal and rookie Sting Ray Robb in the Last Row Shootout Sunday.
Meanwhile it was Arrow McLaren’s Felix-the-Cat’
(Rosenqvist) knocking His teammate Alexander Rossi off of P1 at 1:45PM Pacific.
With Rosenqvist being the only driver of the day to record two laps in the
234mph bracket, with a four lap average of 233.947mph vs. Rossi’s 233.528mph
As All four Arrow McLaren’s and Chip Ganassi
Racing entries made the Fast 12 shootout. With the surprise of the day bseeing
both A.J. foyt enterprises making the Fast-12 field! With Santino Ferrucci ninth
and Benjamin Pedersen P11! Along with Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay P4 and
the lone Team Penske entry of Will Power in twelfth, matching His Car number…
As Team Penske provided more late drama when
withdrawing Josef Newgarden’s time with just twenty minutes remaining. For
which I thought for sure they were pulling another last year’s McLaughlin
Blunder! But Newgarden only lost one position, sliding down to 17th, three
positions behind McLaughlin.
Whilst obviously Andretti Autosport was disappointed not having a single entry in Sunday’s Pole shootout, which surely will be another day of drama!